Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight - Formative Influences & Key Accomplishments
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Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight - Formative Influences & Key Accomplishments

Multi-Unit Franchisee Insight - Formative Influences & Key Accomplishments

We talk to successful multi-unit operators regularly here at Franchise Update Media. These busy on-the-go people share great insight and wisdom with us through our profile stories in Multi-Unit Franchisee magazine. Here, from our archives, are some insightful responses from some of these franchisees.

 

What have been some of the formative influences and events in your life?
I worked for 17 years in auto sales at local Ford dealerships. During some of this time, I was a single dad and living paycheck to paycheck. After meeting my wife in 2001, I was determined to find ways to make a better life for myself, Robyn, and my son Tyler. Not seeing any future growth potential, it was time to look for something new. I was introduced to a franchise option known as Sport Clips Haircuts. This would allow me to grow my own business while still at my regular job. In 2009, we opened our first location and were able to walk away from the auto industry in 2014 with six locations open.

List some of your key accomplishments:
2014 Team Leader/Owner of the Year for Sport Clips. 2018 Sport Clips Heart of the Champion Award. Elected to the Sport Clips Haircuts Team Leader Advisory Council.
 Jeff Burroughs, multi-unit franchisee of Sport Clips

 

What have been some of the formative influences and events in your life?
My parents both lived through the Great Depression and both grew up in very small towns. My father had a 33-year career in the Air Force and my mother was a traditional housewife, so we were a middle-class family. I was taught the importance of saving and the importance of "small town values" from an early age. There is no doubt that those boyhood lessons and teachings helped me greatly in forming our franchise company in 1992 and managing afterward, as well.

List some of your key accomplishments:
Finally, an easy question. Marrying my lovely wife Evie has been my most important accomplishment. The restaurant industry is hard work, and if you are going to be married you must have a loving, supportive wife. Evie is all that and more, being recently retired from a 25-year university faculty career that included the authorship of three textbooks, one now in its 10th edition. I am very proud of Evie's professional accomplishments and very lucky to have her love and support.
Houston "Hu" Odom, Jr., multi-unit franchisee of Golden Corral

Published: May 13th, 2019

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